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President Donald J. Trump told protestors to go home in peace during a 1-minute long video after they stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
However, the video was removed by big tech shortly after it received millions of views within an hour. To be exact, roughly 18 million saw it. On Facebook, the view count was unknown, as thisquality understands at the time of removal.
Twitter said that it locked the President’s account for 12 hours and gave a ‘first-time warning’ that they want to suspend him indefinitely in future if he violates more rules.
Silencing the president is unconstitutional regardless of who is in the position, especially when current President Trump told protestors to go home to tamper down the violence.
Locking the account of the American President allegedly means he’s violated Twitter rules according to the company.
This ban reflects ahead and will create more anger from his supporters. It could make the situation worse in Washington, D.C as riots continue in the streets.
Twitter wrote in a series of tweets, “As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.”
“This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked. Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
“We’ll continue to evaluate the situation in real-time, including examining activity on the ground and statements made off Twitter. We will keep the public informed, including if further escalation in our enforcement approach is necessary.”
As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy. https://t.co/k6OkjNG3bM
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
Facebook wrote in a statement that they thought removing the video was the right decision in response to the protests in Washington, D.C.
“Let us speak for the leadership team in saying what so many of us are feeling. We are appalled by the violence at the Capitol today. We are treating these events as an emergency,” wrote Facebook.
“Our Elections Operations Center has already been active in anticipation of the Georgia elections and the vote by Congress to certify the election, and we are monitoring activity on our platform in real-time.”
“As a part of this, we removed from Facebook and Instagram the recent video of President Trump speaking about the protests and his subsequent post about the election results. We made the decision that on balance these posts contribute to, rather than diminish, the risk of ongoing violence.”
Facebook will now be adding new labels and will flag posts from anyone that attempts to delegitimise the election results. The new text reads: “Joe Biden has been elected President with results that were certified by all 50 states. The US has laws, procedures, and established institutions to ensure the peaceful transfer of power after an election.”
The reason big tech removed Trump’s video is due to the fact that if Trump tells people to go home and stop protesting he could then invoke the powers of the Insurrection Act.
The act reads: “Before invoking the powers under the Act, 10 U.S.C. 254 requires the President to first publish a proclamation ordering the insurgents to disperse.”
Image/Video: Donald J. Trump